Finally fed up with Cuccio’s Bakery, I found myself saying the opposite of what the Godfather character Pete Clemenza told his partner in crime: “Leave the gun, take the cannoli.” Well, not the gun part, but definitely the cannoli.

Cuccio’s Bakery is practically a landmark, having been established as a family-owned Italian bakery in 1936. The place does have an old-style charm with the simple interior and framed black and white picture of the store’s owner in his delivery truck from the days of old. But, with miser-filled, small cannoli at 95 cents each, that’s where the old style charm ends.

It looks like, though, I won’t be giving Cuccio’s any more opportunities to prove itself. Every time I buy their cannoli, each and every one of them has turned out to be barely filled. The little bit of filling you see in the picture above is a just a ruse.

Read more about Cuccio’s canNOli after the jump.

I bought a box of cannoli from Cuccio’s to a friend’s house for a gathering and boy, was it embarrassing. “Oh, thank you,” they all said, “it’s so nice of you to bring cannoli from Brooklyn.” Bite. “Oh, there’s nothing in them.” I apologized to my friends, making the excuse that Cuccio’s might have been really busy during the holidays and didn’t have time to fill them properly.

Last week, another friend of mine asked me to buy her a cannolo (it seems this is the singular) from Cuccio’s. I got one for myself, as well. A minute later, as we each took a bite of our respective cannoli, the cookie just caved in and crumbled. As usual, there was nothing in them. I know this is not the way a cannoli is supposed to be, so I figured the manager might want to know more about this situation.

When I explained to the clerks about the disappointing cannoli, they just laughed. The older Italian woman — overseeing all while sitting straight-backed on a stool — called the baker from the back.

When I showed him our two bitten cannoli, he acted like a thief caught red-handed. First, he said that we bit the cannoli, so there’s no way he can prove that we didn’t eat the filling. I showed him how clean the cookie is inside and he couldn’t say anything. Then, he tried to say that this is just two chance unfilled cannolo. I told him that it has happened every single time I got them at Cuccio’s.

It wasn’t until I reminded him that one very small cannoli (listen, cannolo just doesn’t flow as easily for me) costs nearly $1, that he seemed to understand why the Cuccio’s hollow cookie couldn’t cut it. He gave me one to get rid of me. What I really wanted to hear was that next time, they would be generously filled all the way through. Instead, all he did was get rid of me for good — because, it looks like there won’t be a next time for me at Cuccio’s.

When I want some cannoli, it’ll be quite a few blocks over (just glad I live in South Brooklyn), but I’ll head over to Cannoli Plus at 6903 New Utrecht Avenue. At this Bensonhurst bakery, the filled goodies are delicious and — guess what? — filled. They filled them on order to keep the cookies from getting soggy.

The friendly counter clerk didn’t even roll her eyes when I asked her to put all my choice picks in the containers I brought myself. Go hungry, because Cannoli Plus will most likely have some desserts fresh out of the oven that you won’t be able to resist. Based on the reviews on Brooklyn and Beyond, Cannoli Plus has sweet Italian specialties (i.e., casatelle, sfogliatelle) that rival mamma’s.

So, I suppose a revision is in order. Don’t “leave the cannoli” — just forget Cuccio’s and head to — fuhgetaboutit — Cannoli Plus.

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  • Anonymous

    Look everyone, Ray’s post was mentioned in NY Mag: http://nymag.com/daily/food/2009/02/the_case_of_the_light_cannoli.html

    Good work, Ray!

  • sugarcoated

    Go to Cannoli Plus
    6903 New Utrecht Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11228

  • Anonymous

    Look everyone, Ray’s post was mentioned in NY Mag: http://nymag.com/daily/food/2009/02/the_case_of_the_light_cannoli.html

    Good work, Ray!

  • sugarcoated

    Go to Cannoli Plus
    6903 New Utrecht Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11228

  • irene

    Hi Ray:
    Oh it’s so disappointing that things have changed with Cuccio’s I lived 2 blocks over and loved all their pastries, breads and especially the Italian Rum cake used for occassions.

    But, I must say the last time I walked into Cuccio’s bakery was in 1984 and relocated to Florida. Still dreaming of the cakes and pastries and the smell. How horrible to break into a cannoli that has no filling.

    Giving the italians a bad rap

    I also used to frequest Rispoli ‘s Bakery which was okay.

    I hope you review woke them up because it’s a real shame to lose their hard earned reputation from the years of yesterday.

    Thanks for the heads up
    Irene

  • irene

    Hi Ray:
    Oh it’s so disappointing that things have changed with Cuccio’s I lived 2 blocks over and loved all their pastries, breads and especially the Italian Rum cake used for occassions.

    But, I must say the last time I walked into Cuccio’s bakery was in 1984 and relocated to Florida. Still dreaming of the cakes and pastries and the smell. How horrible to break into a cannoli that has no filling.

    Giving the italians a bad rap

    I also used to frequest Rispoli ‘s Bakery which was okay.

    I hope you review woke them up because it’s a real shame to lose their hard earned reputation from the years of yesterday.

    Thanks for the heads up
    Irene

  • BSstopper

    what total BS, and obviously a plug for an unheard bakery on disgusting new utrecht ave.

  • Tx2302

    I bought Eclairs twice at Cuccios and both time the cream filling was sour. I have gone to Cuccios for over 57 years and since John died about 15 years ago, the place has gone down a bit. Still has some fantasic stuff and breads but a bit on the high side on the price.

  • Mc1100tc

    Canonoli Plus ig great and they have a closer store right on Bay 50th near Stillwell. However, if you are in the Sheepshead Bay area Vito’s bakery on Avenue U is always great. My wife swore by Cuccio’s donuts but I told her they weren’t the same, this confirms it. Everything in Vito’s is real good lard bread packed with meat and cheese, jelly donuts that weigh a pound, and their regular Italian bread is the best thin crust with a light inside, I’ve been going there for years.

  • Lulu

    get a life

  • Reelhooker918

    cuccios bakery sucks.at a time when people are asked to purchase at local businesses they cannot be bothered to slice italian bread.their prices are sky high,their products are not as good as they used to be and they do not care about their service to their patrons.no thanks,jp

  • Alex

    So you write a negative review about this place and then advertise another, a bit suspicious in my opinion. Im sure every business makes mistakes sometimes but if this place has been around for more than 70 years then they must be doing something right don’t you think? 

    • nolastname

      They own the building….
      The place was much better when the father was alive.

    • http://twitter.com/Lostinservice Lostinservice

      The only thing suspect here is why you’re commenting on a review from over 3 years ago.

    • BrooklynBus

      Doesn’t mean a thing that they have been around for 70 years. Bay Refrigeration used to be on West End Avenue in Manhattan Beach for over 50 years. I once had a problem with them and took them to small claims court. When I paid the filing fee, the clerk made a remark like “another one.”. I asked him if they have many cases against them and all he said was they cheated him once too. I told the story to someone from the neighborhood and he told me how he was also cheated by them. I concluded they were cheating people for 50 years. Incidentally, I lost my case because his lawyer had connections with the judge.